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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Slow success is a great way to start

So why was I always scared to knit and sell?  Because I might have failed!  That kind of thought might be crazy, right?  Well now, thanks to 2 fairs and a few private sales, I know it is.

Since November 10 (so 5 weeks), I have sold 8 things.  EIGHT things.

That is more than is the past 8-1/2 years combined.

I need to get the word out, and stop being so shy about the hobby I love so much, the one I am so passionate about.  And after seeing my daughter and the other young ladies at American Girl Place in Manhattan, I may start knitting just for the 18" dolls!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Update on Berroco Ultra Alpaca and Bagette

So about the Berroco Bagette I was making.  Um, yeah.  It doesn't look anything like the photo on the pattern.  So I undid it a bit, changed it a little, and am now adding vintage resin bangle bracelets as handles, and a nifty top loop closure.  Sometimes, knitting is about comfort and practicing your skill.  Sometimes, it is about realized the knitter whose pattern you are following doesn't like what you like; so you make changes.

Monday, October 3, 2011

SwagBucks is going to make me rich...

...in gift cards!
I just joined last week, and I've already 'earned' 4 $5 gift cards at Amazon.com!

I was going to use them to buy Christmas gifts, but I may need more yarn.  Yikes.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Berroco Ultra Alpaca and Bagette

Was just given several skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca by a friend who also loves knitting, but is moving out of town.  Her generous donations include Berroco, Tahki, Noro, and some linen/cotton yarn that she got by unravelling a $1 sweater from the Goodwill.  Rachel is incredible!

So I'm making the Berroco Bagette, pictured above, but in a mossy green color.  And will need to figure out what to make with the fuchsia/orange mix she also gave me.  This stuff is wonderfully warm and fuzzy, but slightly itchy (at least for me).

Any good ideas?  I'm thinking of Jared Flood's Woodsmoke Scarf, but have not seen it except for in print.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Found new blog (and designer) to follow!

Stumbled upon Stephen West and Westknits via Knitty's new issue.  His work is amazing, his blog is well written, and he is nice to look at, too!  He has some free patterns, and some to purchase.  The best thing is this: he actually discusses his designing decisions and yarn choices.  In detail.  And as we all know, that can be the most helpful thing anyone can do for a fellow knitter.  I look forward to knitting some of his patterns, and following his blog.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Simply Soft checkerboard hat

I know it was 70+ degrees out today, but I was working on the checkerboard hat.  The second one in a week.  Using 5 different colors of Simply Soft.  Yikes, right?

Pictures to post soon.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Friday, May 13, 2011

I know it's going to be 65 degrees today...

But I may need to start knitting another hat.  In wool.  In loden green.

If you saw it, you'd all understand:
http://hugsforyourhead.blogspot.com/2010/10/double-double-cloche-free-pattern.html#comment-form

It is fashionable, classic, and is made of Rowan Silk Wool.  Which I've never even seen before, so even thinking about buying it scares me.  A little bit.  Yes, really.

I still haven't made the hat my mother wanted me to make for her during her chemo months.  But she hardly lost any hair, got a new short 'do, and I wouldn't want to cover it up now.  Or would I?  This might make the perfect gift to give to her next week.

Hmm.  Now where to buy the Rowan...